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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

July 12, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Weston Resident Sentenced for Possession
of Child Pornography

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 45-year old Weston, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on July 12, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: LARRY ALLEN THOMPSON was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment to be followed by 15 years of supervised release. THOMPSON entered a plea of guilty on April 20, 2012, to one count of Possession of Child Pornography on December 2, 2010, in Weston. THOMPSON was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.


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